Taught course

Arab World Studies

Institution
Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or First at BA level of the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MSc in Arab world Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims:

  • The programme is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World.
  • To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills.
  • To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition.
  • To provide subject-specific training in research methods and methodologies in Politics, relevant also to International Relations and International Studies.
  • To provide language instruction in the Arabic language, such that the student develops appropriate and sufficient competence to utilise the language in their subsequent research, or employment in the Arabic-speaking world.
  • To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will prepare students to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics, International Relations or International Studies, and which may be required of a professional researcher in these fields of the social sciences.
  • To develop the student's knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research on the Arab World.
Course Structure

Year 1

  • Core modules to the value of 70 credits
  • Optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Year 2

  • Core modules to the value of 40 credits
  • Optional modules to the value of 75 credits, plus
  • Dissertation 60 credits.
Core Modules
  • Arabic Language 1B
  • Perspectives on Social Research
  • The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • Arabic Language 2B
  • Dissertation.
Optional Modules

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Science
  • Applied Statistics
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Science
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
7400
International students
16500

Scholarships and funding

https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/funding/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Government and International Affairs
Email
sgia.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0)191 334 5656